b2s pick: She Could Fly

she could fly


She Could Fly by Christopher Cantwell, Martin Morazzo and Miroslav Mrva (Berger Books, 2018)

Summary: In Chicago, an unknown woman appears flying at speeds of 120 miles per hour and at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Then she suddenly dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman’s inner life lead to the liberation from her own troubled mind?

Notes: She Could Fly is a unique, psychological, dark tale of a high school teen, Luna, who becomes in involved in a grand conspiracy. She suffers from an extreme form of OCD that comes with horrifying visions. The back-and-forth between reality and Luna’s visions creates a poignant view of what people that suffer from OCD go through on a daily basis. Cantwell really connects us to Luna as you are thrown into her visions, not sure what reality will be once you come out of them.

I wouldn’t call it horror necessarily, but there are some very frightening and violent scenes. There is a rich supporting cast. As the story moves forward the threads that tie them all together are slowly revealed. Luna’s thoughts serve as our antagonist. You have her blue-collar parents, and her grandmother, who has just returned from 7 years in monastic silence. There are the mysterious government and corporate agents, that know more than they are letting on about the mysterious flying woman.

Cantwell plays strange storytelling that gives us an offbeat and abstract narrative. The weaving together of enigmatic characters that revolve around the even stranger flying woman. You are literally able to get into the characters thoughts, which aren’t necessarily anymore honest than their actions. Not a story with straightforward answers, and you may have more questions by the time it ends. But you’ll love it for it.

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